I am Emlyn James.

To the East Coast of Canada born, I arrived in Jacksonville, Florida 18 years ago by way of Greece, Thailand, Korea, and Canada. Though classically trained and practiced in photography, I have acquired most of what I know about the art of creating images through interactions with people and places from around the world. It is my contention that if one hopes to represent human nature, one must first be exposed to as much of humanity as possible. People’s beliefs, their inspirations, aspirations, and hopes; their fears, the environments they make their own and their relationships with others have helped shape my view of the world. That view is what I try to show in every image I produce. From the environments in which we find ourselves to the ones we shape to suit us, from the physical selves we have been given to the way we choose to present ourselves, if you look close enough you can see something universal, familiar and beautiful in all of it.

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Frank for Mayor

“Emlyn took the task of creating a professional set of images for a political campaign and created a beautiful set of images that are both honest and engaging.”

“Incredible attention to detail, and an uncommon ability to identify surroundings that truly bring out the best in photography. A true professional that is very easy to work with. Book with confidence, you won’t regret it!”

Graduation photo studio session with S

“Emlyn is simply amazing. In addition to taking great pics, what I appreciate about him the most is his engagement on different projects. He really takes the time to try understand what I am wanting to accomplish through the photography. Emlyn has worked on a variety of projects for me, including everything from portraits to real estate photos. His follow-through and delivery has been amazing and I highly recommend his services for all of your photo needs!”

Maternity Studio Session with Tiffany

“Emlyn was amazing!! That is why I came all the way from Ohio to get my photos taken by him! The photo shoo from start to finish was effortless and super chill!! He listened to my ideas and ran all the way home with them!! Hit the ball right out of the park!! Before I left the shoot, I was already planning my next shoot with him!! Mind you, I only saw a few photos and was blown away! Once I got the finished photos…the rest was history! I will be posting another review in a month or two after my next shoot.”

Professional Headshot session with LaNier

“*************AMAZING********* Emlyn understood the delicate assignment of capturing my best friends maternity shots. Not only did he ensure comfort, he went above and beyond to get the exact shot she was looking for. I would never hesitate to recommend him to anyone who wants a true professional to create a customized photography experience.”

Engagement Session on site with Sarah

“Very professional and creative! He did a fabulous job with our engagement photos and our wedding!”

Family portrait session on site with The Hedrick Family

“Emlyn is a joy to work with! He has not only been in the role of our family’s photographer, but also the role of photographer for several work events and programs I have been a part of. Emlyn is fun to be around, easy going, and makes everyone he’s working with relaxed. So much so that they actually smile for real vs staged phony goofy smiles. Emlyn is someone I’m proud to recommend! XO!”

“Emlyn is a pleasure to work with. We have used him for family and business pictures multiple times. He carefully poses us, always catching our good sides.”

“Emlyn was so patient with our family to get the perfect picture! He is attentive and professional. I highly recommend him for all your photography needs.”

“Emlyn took our corporate headshots on location and did an amazing job. We provided a little direction and he ran with it to create a very unique perspective for our team. Highly recommend his creative talents!”

“"Emlyn and his team are artistic and talented photographers who were extremely accommodating and responsive to my family’s requests. This team is detailed-oriented, engaging and friendly, with an eye for capturing exceptional moments and creating beautiful portraits!"”

“My family and I had our beautiful photos taken by Emlyn James. He was professional and creative in planning our session. He took the time to direct us in order to maximize each shot. The final shots were more than we could have imagined.”